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Page 1: Daley Thompson's Decathlon - Danger Mouse in Makin' Whoopee
Page 2: Dark Century - Deactivators
Page 3: Deadline - The Deep
Page 4: Deep Strike - La Dernière Mission
Page 5: Dervish - Digger Barnes
Page 6: Dive-Dive-Dive - Dogsbody
Page 7: Dominator - Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Page 8: Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone - Duel 2000
Page 9: Duet - Dynamix
Page 10: Dynasty Wars
Screenshot of Dark Century
Dark Century
(Titus, 1990)
Reviewed by Pug

Dark Century involves you guiding your squad of super tanks into a face-off against the enemy's team. The game itself is quite boring; you wander around glancing at the scanner hoping to lock on to the enemy. The game plays in a 3D environment – or rather, scaled sprites move along a bare battleground. While the graphics are OK and the presentation is impressive, it just isn't a game you will want to stay with. Just watch the demo mode and you will realise this is a bland game indeed. There's a great tune that plays throughout, though. A pointless attempt at converting a poorly rated 16-bit game.

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Dark Fusion
(Gremlin, 1988)

Only the élite may join the Guardian Warriors, and those who wish to join must pass a test. Four levels of non-stop shoot-'em-up action, each consisting of three different types of gameplay, await you. The 'combat zone' is a platform game, the 'flight zone' is a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up in a spaceship, and the 'alien zone' again sees you in a spaceship, but battling a single enormous monster. There's nothing new here in terms of gameplay, although the graphics are absolutely beautiful, and the loading screen is marvellous. However, the music is annoying and the gameplay is maddeningly difficult as your energy is drained very quickly. I certainly won't be joining the Guardian Warriors soon!

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Darkman (Advert)
(Ocean, 1991)

Scientist Peyton Westlake was trying to develop a synthetic skin, when gangsters beat him up and demolished his laboratory, leaving him with terrible facial scarring. Now he seeks revenge upon those who destroyed his work and his life, and rescue his girlfriend, Julie Hastings, from the clutches of Louis Strack. This game follows the events of the film over six levels, and mixes platform and beat-'em-up elements. There are also some utterly pointless sub-games between levels where you take photos of faces in an attempt to create a mask. The graphics are wonderful and the tune on the menu is very atmospheric. Unfortunately the difficulty level is too high; you are only given one life, and completing the first level alone takes a lot of practice.

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Dark Side (Advert)
(Incentive, 1988)
Reviewed by Chris Lennard

Using Freescape, this took 3D gaming to a whole new level when it was released. In a battle against time, you have to negotiate your way around the surface of the moon Tricuspid, destroying ECDs that are powering up an enormous doomsday weapon that is targeted at the planet Evath. Confronting you are a myriad of fiendish puzzles which must be solved in order to complete your mission. Admittedly the sound is poor and there is no music but when you consider what was achieved this remains a seminal game.

See also: Driller.

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Dark Star
(Design Design, 1985)
Reviewed by Richard Lamond

Take to the stars in the LIAR with your mission to liberate the galaxy from the Evil Lord's empire. What at first appears to be a linear and somewhat pointless shoot-'em-up reveals itself to be a far more complex affair when you start to dig around the options and work out what you are supposed to be doing (and reduce the initial difficulty level!). Use warp gates to move your way around the galaxy and take out the enemy's military strongholds on the planet surfaces. Navigating your way through the warp gates is a frustrating experience, though, and the game boasts only crude graphics. Getting to a planet, let alone liberating it, is something of an achievement. Continued efforts will be rewarded but once you've reached your first planet, you've seen everything the game has to offer, and there are much better 3D shooters out there.

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Darkwurlde
(Top Ten, 1986)

The King of Lightwurlde is having problems with some enormous molehills that have appeared in his garden, so Narud Pendaryn decides to investigate. However, Narud falls into one of the molehills and ends up in Darkwurlde. Narud must explore the lair of Darkwurlde and kill all the moles. As you would expect, Darkwurlde is filled with monsters which fly about the screen, and Narud will lose one of his five lives if he touches them. Much of the scenery, such as fires and poisonous plants, is also to be avoided. The influence of Ultimate's games really shows here, but this game isn't as good as those of Ultimate (as the author himself admits!). The graphics are OK, but firing at the monsters can be tricky and it's easy to lose lives unnecessarily.

See also: Pyra Mydya.

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Darts 180
(Mastertronic, 1986)

Now's your chance to play in a darts tournament without the need to drink lots of beer! You can take part in a tournament or take a 'round the clock' test, or even play against a friend. You fire darts by moving an animated hand diagonally to the right sector. The tournament is a bit easy and you should sail through the quarter- and semi-finals without any fuss, but beating Jammy Jim in the final is another matter entirely! The default colour scheme is horrible, but thankfully, you can change it. The digitised speech is awesome, too, with shouts of "180!" each time you get that score – brilliant!

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Dawnssley
(Top Ten, 1986)

Hobbo the elf and Thor the warrior must explore the 27 levels of the underground kingdom of Dawnssley. Each level is a fairly small maze filled with corridors, doors and generators from which monsters emerge. Keys can be collected, but you will need to be selective in which doors you can open, and you will need to save keys for later levels. This is a very poor Gauntlet clone with mediocre graphics and annoying sound effects. Most of the doors are made up of two or more segments, and it is far too easy to waste one or more keys when opening these doors, which means you won't have enough keys later on. The scrolling is also frustratingly slow, which ruins what is already a poor game.

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Screenshot taken from Plus version
D-Day
(Loriciel, 1992)

Operation Overlord took place on the 6th of June 1944 during World War II, when Allied soldiers launched a massive assault on the Germans who were occupying France. It is regarded as the most important event of the war, and this game has 40 missions for you to try out. Twenty of these see you commanding a small group of soldiers, trying to kill all the enemy soldiers, tanks and bunkers. The other twenty involve commanding a group of parachutists and ensuring they all land in the correct place, although these missions are much easier than the infantry missions. The graphics are great, especially if you're using a Plus machine, where they're even better! The game even includes two of Loriciel's previous releases, Advanced Destroyer Simulator and Sherman M4. Great stuff, I say.

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Deactivators (Advert)
(Reaktör, 1986)

A team of Deactivator Droids has been sent to remove bombs that have been planted inside five buildings of the Gravitational Research Institute. Each droid is restricted to an area of each building, and the only way to transfer objects between droids is to throw them through holes in the walls. The droids must also avoid all contact with the robot guards. There are also circuit boards which need to be located and slotted into the computer. Furthermore, the effect of gravity in each room is different, and some rooms are upside down so that the 'floor' is on the ceiling and the gravity is inverted! The concept of this game is unusual and highly original and combines arcade elements with strategic planning. Initially, it's not easy to understand what you're supposed to do, but once you do, it's an engrossing game.

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